Chicken soup with lots of garlic will help your Cold

The common cold is a contagious viral upper respiratory tract infection. It affects sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx and larynx. It can be caused by many different types of viruses and the body can never build up resistance to all of them.

Antibiotics do not cure or shorten the illness which can last from three days to a week. Symptoms include headache, body aches, sore throat, low temperature, sinus infection, coughing, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and watery eyes.

A cold can be spread through direct contact – if you sneeze or cough, tiny droplets of fluid containing the cold virus are launched into the air and can be breathed in by others. It can also be spread through indirect contact – if you sneeze onto a door handle and someone else touches the handle a few minutes later, they may catch the cold virus if they then touch their mouth or nose

You only really need to see your doctor if:

  •     your symptoms persist for more than three weeks
  •     you have a high temperature (fever) of 39°C (102.2°F) or above
  •     you cough up blood-stained phlegm (thick mucus)
  •     you feel chest pain
  •     you have breathing difficulties
  •     you experience severe swelling of your lymph nodes (glands) in your neck and/or armpits

Garlic – Colds:  Garlic is one of the more popular cures for colds whether it is chicken soup with lots of garlic, a drink made with raw crushed garlic or just eating raw garlic. The cold-fighting compound in garlic is thought to be allicin which has demonstrated antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Allicin is what gives garlic its distinctive hot flavor. To maximize the amount of allicin, fresh garlic should be chopped or crushed and it should be eaten raw.

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Hawthorn – Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. High blood pressure can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of your body.

Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important, even when you are feeling fine. Blood pressure is measured as systolic and diastolic pressures. Systolic refers to blood pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood. Diastolic refers to blood pressure when the heart is at rest between beats.

Symptoms of low Blood Pressure (hypotension): If your blood pressure is naturally low, it’s unlikely it will cause you any symptoms or require treatment. However, low blood pressure can sometimes mean there’s not enough blood flowing to your brain and other vital organs, which can lead to symptoms such as: dizziness; lightheadedness; unsteadiness, or feeling of loss of balance; fainting; blurred vision; a rapid, or irregular heartbeat (palpitations); confusion; feeling sick (nausea) and general weakness.

High Blood Pressure (hypertension) means that your blood pressure is continually higher than the recommended level. It rarely has noticeable symptoms.  If left untreated, high blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. It is often referred to as a “silent killer”.

The only way of knowing there is a problem is to have your blood pressure measured – at least every few years.

Hawthorn – Blood Pressure: Hawthorn is often used for high blood pressure. It can be taken as a herbal tea and does not interact with any medication. Hawthorn is available in teabags from health stores. Drink two cups daily  every two days for a month. Infuse a tea bag in a cup of hot water for five minutes. Remove tea bag and drink warm.

Health Warning: Avoid consumption during pregnancy and breast feeding – it may cause complications for the new born baby

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Soothing Cloves for Flu or Influenza

Flu or Influenza:  Flu or Influenza is caused by three types of flu viruses which are A, B and C. Type A and B cause the annual influenza epidemics that cause sniffling, aching, coughing and high fever. Swine flu is a type A influenza. Type C also causes flu but its symptoms are less severe. Flu affects the respiratory system: the nose, throat, larynx, trachea, bronchi and lungs.

Symptoms of flu are similar to those of a common cold but a lot more severe. They include headache, body aches, coughing, chest discomfort, sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, high fever, fatigue and weakness.

Sore throats associated with cold and flu can be relieved by gargling. Gargle with warm salt water, turmeric or apple cider vinegar. Antibiotics are of no use in the treatment of flu because it is caused by a virus and not by bacteria.

Preventing the spread of Flu: The flu virus is spread in small droplets of fluid coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. These droplets can travel a meter or so and infect anyone within range who breathes them in. Flu can also spread if someone with the virus transfers it on their fingers. For example, if you have flu and you touch your nose or eyes and then touch someone else, you may pass the virus on to them.

Flu vaccination by injection, commonly known as the “flu jab” is available FREE every year on the NHS to protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu and its complications.

Children: In the autumn/winter of 2014/2015 the annual nasal spray flu vaccine will be available for all children aged two, three and four years old as part of the NHS childhood vaccination program.

You should see your doctor if you have flu-like symptons and you are:

– aged over 65 or over

– are pregnant

– have a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or a neurological disease

– have a weakened immune system.

Cloves – Flu (Influenza):  Cloves can be very soothing for coughs caused by cold and flu. You can chew three to four cloves every four to five hours. Great relief can be obtained from cold and flu by drinking a mixture made of cloves, cinnamon and honey. Boil 10 cloves together with a 3-inch cinnamon stick and two cups of water. Reduce to one cup of liquid. Add one teaspoon of honey and two teaspoonfuls of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Drink while still hot. It will reduce fever and coughing.

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Sore Throat – Try a little fresh Ginger

Sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. A sore throat is the primary symptom of pharyngitis that is caused by swelling in the back of the throat (pharynx) between the tonsils and the (larynx). The most common cause of a sore throat is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus usually resolves on its own with herbal and home remedies.

A bacterial infection, a less common cause of sore throat may require additional treatment with antibiotic drugs. Bacteria that can cause pharyngitis in some cases.

  •     Strep throat is caused by group A streptococcus.
  •     Less commonly, bacteria such as gonorrhea, and chlamydia can cause sore throat.
Most cases of pharyngitis occur during the colder months. The illness often spreads among family members and close contacts. The main symptom is a sore throat. Other symptoms may include:

  •     Fever
  •     Headache
  •     Joint pain and muscle aches
  •     Skin rashes
  •     Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck

Health warning: Always seek professional medical advice to determine the cause of a sore throat if you have a persistent high temperature above 38C (100.4F), which does not go down after taking medication or your symptoms do not improve within a week.

Ginger – Sore Throat: Ginger lessens the pain related to an irritated throat. Slice 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger and infuse in one cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Drink a cup of the water as needed. The warm water will soothe pain and the ginger will alleviate the swelling and irritation. If the water is too cool, it will not be as effective. If it is too cool at the end of 15 minutes, reheat it to the temperature you desire. Optionally add a ginger tea bag for flavour. Ginger tea bags are available in health stores and use as normal teabags.

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Anxiety – Time for a cup of warm milk

Anxiety:  Anxiety should not be confused with fear. It is more of a dreaded feeling about something which appears intimidating and can overcome an individual. Most people experience anxiety in life as it is a common reaction to real or perceived threats. However when anxiety becomes overwhelming, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety takes several forms including phobia, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress. Anxiety symptoms may include heart palpitations, perspiration, muscle weakness, fatigue, nausea, chest pain, headache, stomach ache and tension. Someone who suffers from anxiety can also have a panic attack.If you think you suffer from health anxiety, there is much to be gained from a good consultation with your doctor.

Warm Milk – Anxiety: Warm milk, honey and cinnamon is the best drink to take at night to relieve anxiety and relax.

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Amnesia and Ginkgo Biloba

Amnesia is a profound memory loss which is usually caused either by physical injury to the brain or by the ingestion of a toxic substance which affects the brain. In addition the memory loss can be caused by a traumatic, emotional event, anxiety or stress, or depression.

People with amnesia have difficulty learning new information and they have difficulty remembering previous events. They may be disoriented and confused. Their memory deficit causes problems for them either at work, in school or socially. Sometimes the memory loss is so severe that supervision is necessary. Amnesia can affect males and females and can occur at any age.

Causes of amnesia can include external trauma such as a blow to the head, internal trauma such as stroke, and exposure to a toxic substances such as carbon monoxide, improper diet, brain tumors and seizures.

If you are worried because you or someone you care for has lost their memory, see your doctor. They’ll do an initial assessment and ask questions about symptoms, family history and lifestyle. They may also require a blood test.

Gingko Biloba – Amnesia: Gingko Biloba has been used in Chinese medicine to boost memory and it is very effective. It is available in tablet form and 120 milligrams should be taken twice a day for six months.
Health Warning: It is important to seek medical advice before taking Gingko Biloba if you are taking blood thinners such as aspirin or Plavix and anti-depressant medication.

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Aloe Vera to treat Dandruff

Dandruff:  The term dandruff generally refers to the condition of the skin wherein shiny, silvery scales separate from the scalp and collect in the hair. Seborrheic dermatitis is quite a common skin condition that affects the scalp causing an itchy scalp and scaly or flaky skin and stubborn dandruff.

The condition can become troublesome when the skin gets infected. There are two main types of dandruff, namely dry dandruff and oily dandruff. Those with an oily skin tend to suffer from oily dandruff while those with dry skin suffer from dry dandruff.

The type of dandruff home remedy that one chooses must therefore be decided according to the type of dandruff. Oily dandruff can be a little tougher to treat as it tends to recur quite easily while dry dandruff can be prevented quite easily.

Aloe Vera – Dandruff: Before shampooing your hair rub a good amount of aloe vera gel on the scalp. Leave it on for 5 minutes before washing out. Aloe vera is a natural healing agent that clarifies, soothes and repairs damaged skin. It fights dandruff and removes flakes so the scalp can heal.

Seek professional medical advice if your dandruff shows no signs of improvement after two weeks of treatment.

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